February 13, 2016

PA State Board OKs New Oil and Gas Regulations

Major revisions to strengthen the state’s oil and gas regulations approved
By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 3, 2016

Pennsylvania’s environmental rule-making body approved major revisions to strengthen the state’s oil and gas regulations on Wednesday at the end of a heated three-hour meeting when critics of the rules called … Continue reading

PA Fracker Can’t Keep Pollution Tests From Residents

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other pollution tests that a consultant performed at company gas wells and related facilities
By Matt Fair, Law360, January 29, 2016

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other Continue reading

CA to Investigate Whether Exxon Mobil Lied About Climate-Change Risks

Did Exxon Mobil’s actions amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws?
By Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2016

New York State is also investigating Exxon Mobil.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders … Continue reading

Why Coal Mining Outlaw Don Blankenship’s Conviction Matters

“Even if he serves his one year slap-on-the-wrist, we know already that justice will not be done. His legacy of poisoning Appalachia will persist long after his name has been forgotten.”
By Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, December 3, 2015

The landmark conviction of former Massey Energy CEO and coal baron … Continue reading

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by NY Attorney General

Mr. Schneiderman’s decision to scrutinize the fossil fuel companies may well open a new legal front in the climate change battle
By Justin Gillis and Clifford Krauss, New York Times, November 5, 2015

California is also investigating Exxon Mobil.

The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon … Continue reading

Fossil Fuel Companies Risk Plague of Lawsuits

Oil, gas and coal companies face the mounting risk of legal damages for alleged climate abuse as global leaders signal an end to business-as-usual
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, October 27, 2015

Oil, gas and coal companies face the mounting risk of legal damages for alleged climate abuse as global … Continue reading

New Information Surfaces in Washington County Water Well Contamination Complaint

Little is known about tracers, the chemical and low-level radio nuclei added to the fracking process to assess the success of drilling thousands of feet underground
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 16, 2015

Range Resources used chemical and low-grade radioactive isotope “tracers” to chart and analyze the reach of … Continue reading

W.Va. Shale Fields Fertile Ground for Nuisance Lawsuits

Lawsuits against Colorado-based Antero and Hall, a local company, have now been rolled into one mega-case
By Ellen M. Gilmer, EnergyWire, September 9, 2015

Oil and gas workers didn’t seem to appreciate the “Go home frackers” sign in Lyndia Ervolina’s front yard here in northern West Virginia, where Marcellus Shale … Continue reading

OK Court Rules Homeowners Can Sue Oil Companies Over Quakes

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that homeowners can sue oil and gas companies for damages caused by earthquakes in state trial courts
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, June 30, 2015

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that homeowners who have sustained injuries or property damage from rampant … Continue reading

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Racketeering Suit Against Chesapeake Energy

Lawsuit alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Scranton Times-Tribune, April 2, 2015

A federal judge has denied Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders by artificially inflating … Continue reading